Ship: Carnival Breeze
Ship Captain: Rocco Lubrano
Cruise Director: Jonathan “Cookie” Adams
This is my 7th & 8th time on the Carnival Dream, my 78th & 79th Carnival Cruise Line cruises, and my 155th & 156th cruises overall. I am sailing solo. This is my first cruise in 16 months, since I was dragged off of the Carnival Dream in the middle of a B2B due to the Pandemic shutdown.
When I completed the online boarding & health forms I had the earliest allotted boarding time of 10:30 -11:00 am. That can be good or bad. When I packed on the night before sailing (as usual) I discovered that I didn't have Khaki's or pants for the MDR. I have a favorite pair of Khaki's that I called my "Eating Pants" for the past ten years. They have been on lots of cruises and all over the world, but alas, they no longer fit me. I have actually lost 92 pounds of weight since my last cruise. So I had to leave very early to allow myself some time to go pants shopping before boarding the ship. I was successful and actually at EZ Cruise Parking by 10:15 am. It was busy as the Vista is also sailing today, but soon I was shuttled over to the Breeze and walked to the line for Check-in. There was a short line for initial security and vaccination check, then to the next station where you have your bags sent through the security x-ray machines. Then you go upstairs to the actually Carnival check-in area. Wasn't busy at all and there was only about 100+ people in the waiting area. I only just sat down when they called for guests in suites, then the A-1 boarding passes. It was only 11:00 am. An amazingly smooth process. One small hold-up at the final check point...Face recognition did not work for me as they used my passport photo and I look so different with the weight loss. With that fixed I was onboard and I dropped my bags at the cabin. It was already cleaned and ready so I was able to spend a few minutes as I had carried my bag with me through this process. It was off to Lido Deck and the Mongolian Grill. I was among the first if not the first through. You can select your own vegetables and noodles as usual and they did a great job preparing the dish. I looked at the buffet and it looked very good, there was Italian food in the specialty area. I went down to my Muster Station to check-in for safety drill. This is so much easier. Then I watched guests board the ship at the Lobby Bar...always interesting. I did return to the Lido deck and the Dessert Station to see if there were any new masterpieces and they did not disappoint. An Elderberry and Vanilla Cake, it was fantastic. I went to see the Lido aft pool area and saw my friend Daniel working the bar. It was really good seeing him, I was able to visit with him about my trip to Romania. I cabin finally returned to my cabin and hang my clothes and set it up for my cruise. I have a 1A interior, but a lot of room especially for a solo guest. Even though there is no formal Muster Drill, they still make ship-wide announcements about 3:00 pm...so a bit difficult to nap. I was lazy and watched sail away from my cabin TV, but I was able to start this review and relax after an early and already long day. I went to the Alchemy Bar about 6:30 for Apéritifs and had some lovely Elderflower based cocktails. The Alchemy Bar has to share space with the Ocean Plaza so not as intimate, but certainly entertaining as the Alchemist went with the flow and rocked out to the great band performing. You meet the nicest guests at the Alchemy as well. I had a nice table on lower level of the Blush Dining Room. My card said Table 1 that I presume is code for “see the Maitre’D” and I was taken straightaway by the assistant Maitre”D who I knew from previous sailings. Dinner was good. I order two Shrimp Cocktails, the Smoked Pablano & Corn Soup, the Braised Beef Brisket entree, and the Strawberry Creme for dessert. I was hoping for an improvement on the Shrimp Cocktail and no it wasn’t…very bland. The soup was very good as was the entree. The brisket was very tender and I had asked for horseradish that added some tang. Very enjoyable meal. I know there was a lot of activities on board, but I retired to the cabin, made some notes, and was soon fast asleep.
Very calm seas and I slept very well in my interior cabin, very dark and quiet. I do use the forwardcamera on the TV as a night light, I was awake about 7:15 am and went up to the Blue Iguana about 7:45 for my favorite breakfast of Huevos Rancheros and fresh eggs. It was great and a beautiful morning and beautiful blue seas. So nice. Many guests were enjoying the early morning calm before it gets so busy on the Lido deck. I went to the Tides Bar on Lido aft to purchased my Cheers Package and ordered a Bloody Mary. I sat at a nice aft facing table and enjoyed the morning view and sea air. Very nice. I attended the Diamond Luncheon at 11:00 am and it was fantastic. So much better than a Diamond cocktail party. First you have your photo taken with the Captain, then seated for lunch. I had a great table with new and old friends. I ordered the Pork Belly appetizer, the Steak entree, and the Tres Leches dessert. All the food was excellent as was the service. There was basically a cocktail server for every two tables so I took advantage. A very FUN luncheon. It was now nap time and I set a personal record for my longest nap on a cruise, I slept for five hours…amazing and refreshing. When I woke after 6:00 pm it was already time for Apéritifs at the Alchemy and then dinner. Thank goodness I have late dining. Tonight I ordered: the Spaghetti Carbonara as a starter, the Prime Rib entree, and the Creme Brûlée for dessert. All were very good. since I was rested I did a little walk about the ship, the Piano Bar was busy as well as other venues, but ended up at the Alchemy Bar for late cocktails. The entertainers were again very good in the Ocean Plaza. It was a fun and refreshing day on the Carnival Breeze.
Day Three--Monday--July 26th—Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico
Day Three--Tuesday--July 27th—Isla Cozumel, Mexico
Just a little rolling of the sea once we passed from the Gulf of Mexico into the Caribbean Sea overnight. I
Day Five--Wednesday--July 28th—FUN Day at Sea
Day Six of B2B / Day One of 2nd Cruise—Thursday—July 29th—Galveston